Thieves target pensioner’s tree

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A GARDEN centre has donated a Christmas tree to a South Yorkshire pensioner after hers was stolen.

Kathleen Ramage’s 7ft tree was cut down in the early hours of Monday, December 19.

The 84-year-old, of Chapel Lane, Penistone, had the tree planted in her garden as a sapling 11 years ago.

Penistone FM heard about the theft and contacted Horsfields Nursery, in Silkstone, Barnsley, which donated a replacement.

Councillor Paul Hand, Penistone Mayor, has issued a warning to residents to be on their guard against Christmas tree thieves after the theft was discussed at a recent meeting of Penistone Town Council.

He said: “It appears they will do anything if they steal a tree from an elderly resident.”